With well-preserved historic cities and pristine swaths of nature, Croatia is a land of surprising juxtapositions. Starting in one UNESCO World Heritage Site (the city of Split) and ending in another (Dubrovnik), you'll soon discover why Croatia is a perfect destination for travelers who want a bit of everything.

Highlights

  • Canyoning, rafting, and ziplining in the Cetina River Canyon
  • Touring the gorgeous, historic cities of Split and Dubrovnik
  • Find your very own isolated beach in the Pakleni Islands

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Split
Day 2 Adrenaline on the Cetina River
Day 3 Krka National Park
Day 4 Morning rafting tour and ferry to Hvar
Day 5 Sea kayaking around the Pakleni Islands
Day 6 Dubrovnik
Day 7 Day at leisure in Dubrovnik
Day 8 Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Split

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Split

Split is a stunningly beautiful 1700-year-old city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Attractions include Diocletian's Palace (a fortress-like structure), the Peristyle, St. Doimus's Cathedral, and the Piazza. As well as its ancient architecture and white-walled buildings, Split is known for its beautiful beaches nearby. Whatever your interests--culture, fine arts, music, sports and recreation--you will find something to keep you busy.

Day 2: Adventure on the Cetina River

Adventures on the Cetina River

Depart in the morning for the village of Zadvarje, about a 45-minute drive. Canyoning on the Cetina River is the best adventure trip in this area. The canyon is characterized by its extraordinary lateral limestone cliffs. The canyon's two levels  are separated by the biggest waterfall on the river, called Velika Gubavica. The bottom of the canyon is covered with amazing rock shapes formed over a thousand years, which have created crystal clear pools and numerous rapid slides!

Canyoning on the Cetina River is a combination of walking, hiking, sliding down rapids, swimming in natural pools, walking through tunnels and swimming under the waterfall. There are also some optional cliff jumps. You will be provided with wetsuits, life vests, and helmets, before setting off on your adventure!

After lunch, head to the zipline site, in Omis. Zipping across the magnificent Cetina River is another exciting way to experience this beautiful place. The three hours of ziplining fun provide some of the most magnificent nature views in Croatia, and enough adrenaline to satisfy even the most demanding thrill seeker. Return to Split in the evening.

Day 3: Krka National Park

Krka National Park

The waterfalls in Krka National Park are a natural highlight of the Dalmatian region. This area has been protected since 1985 and is one of eight national parks in Croatia. The scenery on the way to the park is beautiful, and you will stop en route in Sibenik. This town on the Adriatic coast was founded by Croatian king Peter K. IV. in the 11th century. In Sibenik, visit the famous Cathedral of St. James, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Continue to the national park and its magnificent waterfall, called Skradinski Buk. During a one-hour hike along easy trails, you will be told about the history of the park. The walk is followed by free time for swimming, lunch, and exploration of the park. Return to Split in the afternoon via the Dalmatian hinterland.

Day 4: Morning rafting and ferry to Hvar

Rafting on the Cetina River

Rafting on the Cetina River is one of the most popular activities in Dalmatia, especially in the summer. The combination of quiet stretches and Class 2 and 3 rapids mean there is a good blend of excitement and relaxation while floating down the Cetina River canyon. After the tour, return to Split and take a ferry to Hvar - the journey is about one hour. Overnight in Hvar.

Day 5: Sea kayaking around the Pakleni Islands

Sea kayaking around the Pakleni Islands

The starting point of the kayaking tour is the town of Hvar. Set off to the Pakleni Islands, a small archipelago covered with thick pine woods that provide refreshing shade even on the hottest summer days. The kayaking route will take you through narrow straits and around the islands, revealing small hidden pebble beaches. There, you can swim, snorkel, and relax in solitude on a beach of your own. Return to Hvar around 2 pm and have lunch at a restaurant on the beach.

Day 6: Arrive in Dubrovnik

Croatia's capital, Dubrovnik

After breakfast, board a fast ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik, which takes around 4 hours. Dubrovnik is an exceptionally beautiful city, often called the Pearl of the Adriatic. It used to be the seat of the Republic of Dubrovnik. The majestic city walls, the Minceta, Lovrijenac and Revelin fortresses, Onofrio's fountain, St. Vlaho's Church, and Stradun are just some of the beautiful places to check out while in Dubrovnik. The city also offers excellent nightlife, restaurants and wine bars, as well as a number of unique delicacies and souvenirs.

Day 7: Day at leisure in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a nightlife hotspot

Enjoy a day at leisure to do as you wish in Dubrovnik, such as visit any of the recommended spots that you didn't get time for yesterday.

Day 8: Departure

Check out from your hotel and take a private shuttle to Dubrovnik Airport for your return flight home, or on to further adventures.